The Pre-authorized Tax Payment (PTP) plans offer you the convenience of having no cheques to write, no worries about overdue payments, no large lump-sum payments, and no line-ups at your bank or client service centres. Enrolment in the Plan is free and there are no service charges that apply. Eligibility in the program requires all taxes to be paid up-to-date.
Step One – Pay your current bill
Your account must be paid in full for any taxes levied. If you have just received a bill, you must send your payment separately from the plan (see payment options below).
Step Two - Choose Plan
The standard plan
The standard plan starts in January of each year. With this plan, 10 monthly payments are automatically withdrawn from your bank account from January to October. Your payment is based on the previous year's total property taxes. To choose the standard plan you must apply by November 30.
The mid-point entry plan
The mid-point entry plan starts in May of each year. With this plan, the interim tax bill must be paid by the due date of that given year. Your interim tax bill is half of your total taxes for the last year. The remainder of your taxes will automatically be withdrawn from your bank account in six equal monthly payments from May to October of that year. To choose the mid-point entry plan, you must apply by April 15. The following year you will fall into the standard plan (January to October).
Step Three - Choose Your Payment Option
- Plan A: Payments on the 1st
The City of Ottawa will process a debit, to be withdrawn monthly from January to October on the 1st day of each month equivalent to one tenth of your current yearly taxes from January to June and the balance of your current yearly taxes (excluding supplementary taxes), once known, equally from July to October.
- Plan B: Payments on the 8th
The City of Ottawa will process a debit, to be withdrawn monthly from January to October on the 8th day of each month equivalent to one tenth of your current yearly taxes from January to June and the balance of your current yearly taxes (excluding supplementary taxes), once known, equally from July to October.
- Plan D: Payments on the 15th
The City of Ottawa will process a debit, to be withdrawn monthly from January to October on the 15th day of each month equivalent to one tenth of your current yearly taxes from January to June and the balance of your current yearly taxes (excluding supplementary taxes) once known, equally from July to October.
- Plan E: Payments on the 22nd
The City of Ottawa will process a debit, to be withdrawn monthly from January to October on the 22nd day of each month equivalent to one tenth of your current yearly taxes from January to June and the balance of your current yearly taxes (excluding supplementary taxes), once known, equally from July to October.
- Plan C: Amount due withdrawn on "Tax Due Date"
Property taxpayers receive two tax bills per year, an interim tax bill in March and a final tax bill in June. Both instalments add up to your yearly property taxes. The City of Ottawa will process a debit equivalent to the “actual amount due as billed” on the due dates approved by Council.
Step Four - Fill out an application
There are several ways to receive an authorization form:
- Download the PDF format of the Standard Payment Enrolment Form or the Mid-Point Entry Form, fill in the requested information on-screen, then print and sign the form. Please note that you must have the Adobe Reader 5.1 or higher on your system. A free upgrade is available on the Adobe Web site. Should you prefer, you could also print a copy of the form, fill in the information by hand and sign the form.
- Contact us by e-mail at email@example.com.
- Send your request to us in writing at the City of Ottawa, Revenue Branch, 100 Constellation Drive, 4th Floor East, Nepean ON (K2G 6J8), or fax us at 613-580-2457. Please write your name, address and telephone number on your request.
- Contact us by phone at 613-580-2444, (Calls may be recorded) (TTY 613-580-2401). Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (September to May) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (June to August)
- Request for change(s) - Pre-authorized Tax/Water and Sewers Accounts
Step Five - Return your completed application to the Revenue Office
To ensure prompt enrolment in the plan be sure to:
- Enclose an unsigned cheque marked 'void'
- Identify your roll number
- Identify your property address
- Sign the form
There are four ways to send us your application:
- By mail to: City of Ottawa, Revenue Branch, 100 Constellation Drive, 4th Floor East, Nepean ON K2G 6J8 or
- By fax to: 613-580-2457
- By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person at any Client Service Centre
Points to remember:
This authorization will not be required each year. However, every year, you will be notified of your new payment amounts for the following taxation year. Note: If you are moving within the City of Ottawa, your pre-authorized account is NOT transferable. You must complete a new application form.
If your banking information changes or you wish to withdraw from the plan you must provide the Revenue Branch with 30 days written notice.
There is a service fee for all items returned from your banking institution. Subscribers to the PTP Plan, who have more than three returned items in a year, will be removed from the plan. The balance of the taxes will become due on the regular due dates and subject to standard penalties and interest of 1.25% per month for any late payments.
What’s not included in the plan?
Supplementary Tax Bill
If you are enrolled in the City's PTP Plan and receive a supplementary bill for improvements to your property, the terms and conditions of the plan require you to pay these tax charges separately by the due date stated on the bill.
Pre-authorized Payment and Plan Questions
Who is eligible to enroll in the plan?
You are eligible if all your property taxes are paid in full up to your chosen start date.
How does the PTP program work?
Upon enrolment into the program, a statement will be mailed advising of payment details. The program begins in January and your payment is calculated by dividing your previous years total tax levy by 10. Once the current tax levy is known, typically, in June you will be notified on your Final Tax Bill of the total amount of taxes levied, amount of payments made to date and the new amount for the remainder of the plan.
For a full description and layout of a Final Tax bill, please refer to Understanding your Pre-authorized Tax Payment Plan (PTP) Statement (PDF – 82 KB).
Can I join the standard PTP program after the December cut-off?
Yes, there are opportunities for you to join the plan after the December 15th deadline. Your first option is the mid-point plan (see above). If you are inquiring in early January there may be an opportunity for late enrolment by contacting the Revenue Branch at 613-580-2444. (Calls may be recorded) (TTY 613-580-2401)
If I register in the PTP plan will I receive a tax bill?
Yes. Plan subscribers will receive their final tax bill for their review and records (see 'How does the PTP program work'). If you select the Installment Plan (Plan C), you will receive a bill indicating the pre-authorized automatic withdrawal on the two due dates, the interim and the final.
Last updated: August 29, 2011
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